“Over the years, I have had a lot of ideas about who did it, but none of them have panned out,” said Desmond, who noted the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is heading the probe.
Following the fatal attack, investigators interviewed an elderly woman who had related how she watched through the window of her second story apartment on West Main Street in Cobleskill as a young woman got into a yellow Volkswagen sedan in the vicinity of where Kolodziej was last seen.
“Every yellow Volkswagen in the area was looked at — but we couldn’t come up with anything,” the sheriff recalled.
Pavone said cold cases can sometimes heat up suddenly when a witness who had been previously reluctant to share information.
Crime Stoppers helped to stimulate information for state police on a number of cases, he said, including the successful manhunt for Ralph “Bucky” Phillips, who shot three troopers, one of them fatally, six years ago after escaping from a Pennsylvania. If they did not want to share their names, callers were given coded numbers they could use in the event their tip was considered one that helped solve the crime.
Pavone said anyone with information about the killing may contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline at (866) 313-TIPS.